Non-Fiction

black-power-50-by-sylviane-a-diouf-komozi-woodwardBlack Power 50 by:Sylviane A Diouf
Black Power burst onto the world scene in 1966 with ideas, politics, and fashion that opened the eyes of millions of people across the globe. In the United States, the movement spread like wildfire: high school and college youth organized black student unions; educators created black studies programs; Black Power conventions gathered thousands of people from all walks of life; and books, journals, bookstores, and publishing companies spread Black Power messages and imagery throughout the country and abroad.

Black Power aesthetics of natural hair and African-inspired fashion, ornaments, and home décor—and the concept that black was beautiful—resonated throughout the country. The black arts movement inspired the creation of some eight hundred black theaters and cultural centers, where a generation of writers and artists forged a new and enduring cultural vision.

Published in conjunction with a major 2016 exhibit at New York’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Black Power 50 includes original interviews with key figures from the movement, essays from today’s leading Black Power scholars, and more than one hundred stunning images from the Schomburg’s celebrated archives, offering a beautiful and compelling introduction to the history and meaning of this pivotal movement.
Release: 9/6/16
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film-blackness-by-michael-boyce-gillespieFilm Blackness by:Michael Boyce Gillespie
In Film Blackness Michael Boyce Gillespie shifts the ways we think about black film, treating it not as a category, genre, or strictly a representation of the black experience but as a visual negotiation between film as art and the discursivity of race. Gillespie challenges expectations that black film can or should represent the reality of black life or provide answers to social problems. Instead, he frames black film alongside literature, music, art, photography, and new media, treating it as an interdisciplinary form that enacts black visual and expressive culture. Gillespie discusses the racial grotesque in Ralph Bakshi’s Coonskin (1975), black performativity in Wendell B. Harris Jr.’s Chameleon Street (1989), blackness and noir in Bill Duke’s Deep Cover (1992), and how place and desire impact blackness in Barry Jenkins’s Medicine for Melancholy (2008). Considering how each film represents a distinct conception of the relationship between race and cinema, Gillespie recasts the idea of black film and poses new paradigms for genre, narrative, aesthetics, historiography, and intertextuality.
Release: 9/9/16
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the-world-in-flames-by-jerald-walkerThe World In Flames by:Jerald Walker
A memoir of growing up with blind, African-American parents in a segregated cult preaching the imminent end of the world.

When The World in Flames begins, in 1970, Jerald Walker is six years old. His consciousness revolves around being a member of a church whose teachings he finds confusing and terrifying. Composed of a hodgepodge of religious beliefs, the underlying tenet of Herbert W. Armstrong’s Worldwide Church of God was that members were God’s chosen race and all others would perish in just a few years’ time. The next life, according to Armstrong, would arrive in 1975, three years after the Great Tribulation. Walker would be eleven years old.

Walker’s parents were particularly vulnerable to the promise of relief from this world’s hardships. They were living in a two-room apartment in a dangerous Chicago housing project with their four children. Both were blind, having lost their sight to childhood accidents, and took comfort in the belief that they had been chosen for a better afterlife.

When the initial prophecy of the 1972 Great Tribulation does not materialize, Walker is considerably less disappointed than relieved. When the End-Time 1975 prophecy also fails, he finally begins to question his faith and to see a potential future for himself.
Release: 9/6/16
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doing-development-in-west-africa-by-charles-piotDoing Development in West Africa: A Reader by and for Undergraduates by: Charles Piot
This unique collection contains essays by Duke University undergraduates in which they recount their experiences initiating small research and development projects in Togo. Of interest to students and teachers involved in service learning and study abroad, Doing Development in West Africa provides a relatable and intimate look into student-initiated development projects.

In recent years the popularity of service learning and study abroad programs that bring students to the global South has soared, thanks to this generation of college students’ desire to make a positive difference in the world. This collection contains essays by undergraduates who recount their experience in Togo working on projects that established health insurance at a local clinic, built a cyber café, created a microlending program for teens, and started a local writers group. The essays show students putting their optimism to work while learning that paying attention to local knowledge can make all the difference in a project’s success. Students also conducted research on global health topics, examining the complex relationships between traditional healing practices and biomedicine. Charles Piot’s introduction contextualizes student-initiated development within the history of development work in West Africa since 1960, while his epilogue provides an update on the projects, compiles an inventory of best practices, and describes the types of project that are likely to succeed. Doing Development in West Africa provides a relatable and intimate look into the range of challenges, successes, and failures that come with studying abroad in the global South.

Contributors. Cheyenne Allenby, Kelly Andrejko, Connor Cotton, Allie Middleton, Caitlin Moyles, Charles Piot, Ben Ramsey, Maria Cecilia Romano, Stephanie Rotolo, Emma Smith, Sarah Zimmerman
Release: 9/6/16
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reconnaissance-by-carl-phillipsReconnaissance: Poems by:Carl Phillips
A powerful, inventive collection from one of America’s most respected poets

. . .There’s
a trembling inside the both of us,
there’s a trembling, inside us both

The territory of Reconnaissance is one where morals threaten to become merely “what the light falls through,” “suffering [seems] in fact for nothing,” and maybe “all we do is all we can do.” In the face of this, Carl Phillips, reconsidering and unraveling what we think we know, maps out the contours of a world in revision, where truth lies captured at one moment and at the next goes free, transformed. These are poems of searing beauty, lit by hope and shadowed by it, from a poet whose work “reinstates the possibility of finding meaning in a world that is forever ready to revoke the sources of meaning in our lives” (Jonathan Farmer, Slate).
Release: 9/6/16
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lost-champions-by-gretchen-atwoodLost Champions by:Gretchen Atwood
By 1933, after an initial brush with integration in the late 1920s, all black players had left or been forced out of the National Football League. The influence of powerful owners and the collusion of others would force them to be excluded from the NFL again until after World War II.

In 1939, Kenny Washington, star running back on the UCLA football team alongside Jackie Robinson, led the nation in total offense and became the first consensus All-American in UCLA football history. Legendary owner George Halas tried to sign Washington for his Chicago Bears in 1940 but was blocked by other NFL owners, so Washington played semi-professionally until he was drafted late in World War II and took part in freeing Jewish prisoners from Auschwitz. When the Cleveland Rams moved to Los Angeles in 1946, public pressure made integrating the team an imperative, and Washington broke the NFL’s color barrier in March 1946, soon followed by his former UCLA teammate Woody Strode. The door was opened, and by 1950 almost every NFL team had been integrated.

Washington and the others endured the same deep racist sentiment that Jackie Robinson faced, but their heroic and dramatic story has been overlooked for 70 years. Narrating it for the first time, culminating in the dramatic 1950 NFL championship game that pitted black stars against each other, Gretchen Atwood illuminates a vitally important piece of American sports and cultural history.
Release: 9/6/16
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Children & Young Adult

lift-your-light-a-little-higher-by-heather-hensonLift Your Light a Little Higher by:Heather Henson
Grab your lantern and follow the remarkable and world-famous Mammoth Cave explorer—and slave—Stephen Bishop as he guides you through the world’s largest cave system in this remarkable homage to the resilience of human nature.

Welcome to Mammoth Cave. It’s 1840 and my name’s Stephen Bishop. I’ll be your guide, so come with me, by the light of my lantern, into the deepest biggest cave in all of the United States. Down here, beneath the earth, I’m not just a slave. I’m a pioneer. I know the cave’s twists and turns. It taught me to not be afraid of the dark. And watching all these people write their names on the ceiling? Well, it taught me how to read too. Imagine that. A slave, reading. But like I said, down here I’m not just a slave. I’m a guide. I’m a man. And this is my story.
Release: 9/6/16
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tinyville-town-im-a-veterinarian-by-brian-biggsTinyville Town: I’m a Veterinarian by:Brian Briggs
The Tinyville Town series, new from New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Brian Biggs, launches with three books: Tinyville Town Gets to Work!, a world-establishing picture book that introduces the town and its many residents, and two board books, I’m a Veterinarian and I’m a Firefighter. The series is set in a cozy community where the people are kind, everyone says hello when they’re walking down the street, the bus is always on time, and all the townsfolk do their part to keep things running smoothly. Everyone has a job to do in Tinyville Town. With a nod to the busy world of Richard Scarry and the neighborhood feel of Sesame Street, this new series will become a favorite read for preschoolers and is ideal for story time and class discussions about occupations and community helpers. Tinyville Town is a growing, thriving city full of interesting people. They can’t wait to show readers around!

In I’m a Veterinarian, we see what it’s like in a day in the life of a town animal doctor. Tinyville Town’s veterinarian begins her day at home with her two cats, two dogs, and one fish. Once at work, she examines a firefighter’s dalmatian, who is not feeling well at all. Follow along as the vet runs tests and makes a surprising discovery! This book will comfort a child bringing a beloved pet to the vet for the first time, and satisfy an inquisitive child’s curiosity about what an animal doctor does, how they are able to diagnose so many different kinds of pets, and how their office is different from their own doctors.

Every town has at least one vet office, and Tinyville’s is the one kids will want to visit again and again.
Release: 9/6/16
Ages 3 And Under
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mae-jemison-by-laurie-calkhovenMae Jemison: With Audio Recording by:Laurie Calkhoven
Blast off into space and get to know Mae Jemison—the first African-American woman to ever go to space—with this fascinating, nonfiction Level 3 Ready-to-Read, part of a new series of biographies about people “you should meet.”

Meet Mae Jemison, the first African-American female astronaut! Did you know before Mae was an astronaut, she went to medical school and joined the Peace Corps? But she never forgot her childhood dream to travel to outer space. So in 1985 she applied to NASA’s astronaut training program. On September 12, 1992, Mae flew into space with six other astronauts aboard the space shuttle Endeavour and made history—just like you can if you follow your dreams!

A special section at the back of the book includes extras on subjects like history and math, plus a fun timeline filled with interesting trivia facts about space! With the You Should Meet series, learning about historical figures has never been so much fun!
Release: 9/6/16
Ages: 6 to 8, Grades: 1 to 3
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cityblock-by-christopher-franceschelliCity Block by:Christopher Franceschelli
Cityblock explores city life in an exciting and unique way, from up in a high-rise building to down in the subway. Divided into three sections—things that go, things to see, and things to eat—it features 24 different aspects of city living. As with the other acclaimed books in the series, die-cut icons hint at the larger context on the next spread. Each section opens with a full city scene but gradually focuses in on the small, unique neighborhoods that make the city large and grand. This clever book will attract young readers living in a metropolis as well as those in the countryside with urban life that pops off each page.
Release: 9/6/16
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ada-twist-scientist-by-andrea-beatyAda Twist, Scientist by:Andrea Beaty
The creators of the New York Times bestselling picture books Rosie Revere, Engineer and Iggy Peck, Architect are back with a story about the power of curiosity in the hands of a child who is on a mission to use science to understand her world. Ada Twist, Scientist, from powerhouse team Andrea Beaty and David Roberts, is a celebration of STEM, perseverance, and passion.

Like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie, scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But, this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble!

Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. Touching on themes of never giving up and problem solving, Ada comes to learn that her questions might not always lead to answers, but rather to more questions. She may never find the source of the stink, but with a supportive family and the space to figure it out, she’ll be able to feed her curiosity in the ways a young scientist should.

Iggy Peck and Rosie Revere have earned their places among the most beloved children’s characters, and they have inspired countless kids and adults to follow their dreams and passions. Now in her own charming and witty picture book, determined Ada Twist, with her boundless curiosity for science and love of the question “Why?,” is destined to join these two favorites. The book is the perfect tool to remind both young girls and women that they have the intelligence and perseverance to achieve their dreams.
Release: 9/6/16
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freedoms-just-another-word-by-caroline-stellingsFreedom’s Just Another Word by:Caroline Stellings
The year Louisiana—Easy for short—meets Janis Joplin is the year everything changes. Easy is a car mechanic in her dad’s shop, but she can sing the blues like someone twice her age. So when she hears that Janis Joplin is passing through her small town of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Easy is there with her guitar in hand. It’s 1970, and Janis Joplin is an electrifying blues-rock singer at the height of her fame—and of her addictions. Yet she recognizes Easy’s talent and asks her to meet her in Texas to sing.

Easy will do anything to get to Texas, so when she is offered a ride with two nuns in exchange for help with their car, Easy begins an unexpected journey that will change everything.
Release: 9/6/16
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A Squiggly Story by Andrew LarsenA Squiggly Story by:Andrew Larsen, Mike Lowery
A young boy wants to write a story, just like his big sister. But there’s a problem, he tells her. Though he knows his letters, he doesn’t know many words. ?Every story starts with a single word and every word starts with a single letter,? his sister explains patiently. ?Why don’t you start there, with a letter?? So the boy tries. He writes a letter. An easy letter. The letter I. And from that one skinny letter, the story grows, and the little boy discovers that all of us, including him, have what we need to write our own perfect story. This picture book from award-winning author Andrew Larsen playfully and imaginatively explores a young child’s process of learning to express himself. It promotes the idea that stories are available for everyone to tell, whatever way we can, and will inspire pre-readers to try writing stories of their own. The lively, fun illustrations by Mike Lowery incorporate story panels with dialogue bubbles, adding visual texture. Also helpful, the boy’s story is shown both as he actually writes it — with just a few letters, some punctuation marks and typographical symbols — and as he imagines it. Celebrating self-expression, self-discovery and imagination, this book would enhance an early language arts lesson on writing, particularly on the parts of a story. It beautifully highlights the exciting worlds that are opened up when children begin to read and write. In a sweet touch, the boy and his sister model a close and supportive sibling relationship.
Release: 9/6/16
Ages: 3 to 7, Grades: P to 2
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the-power-within-by-h-k-varianThe Power Within (The Hidden World of Changers) by:H. K. Varian
Darren receives a mysterious bracelet that helps him control his lightning abilities in the third action-packed novel of The Hidden World of Changers series!

Darren, Fiona, Mack, and Gabriella are Changers, a magical race that can transform into mythological creatures, from werewolves and selkies to lightning birds and spirit foxes. They still have a lot to learn when it comes to their powers, but the kids are finally showing some progress fighting as a team, and the First Four think they’re ready for a new mission. Young Changers in the area have been mysteriously disappearing, and it’s up to the kids to figure out who—or what—is behind it. But ever since his parents announced their divorce, Darren has been having a rough time coping…and his lightning abilities are going haywire.

Just when Darren is about to lose control completely, he receives a mysterious bracelet—a bracelet that keeps his powers in check and makes him feel more in control than ever before. But after Mack and Fiona discover that one of the missing Changers had the same bracelet, they begin to wonder just who is helping Darren…or if the bracelet is meant to help him at all.
Release: 9/6/16
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